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caleb.leftwich93
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Making a rectangular spring

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05-02-2012 12:44 PM

I have to make a spring for an engineering class I have yet me nor the teacher know how to make a rectangular spring. So please help me try to make it!

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JDMather
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Re: Making a rectangular spring

05-02-2012 01:05 PM in reply to: caleb.leftwich93

3d intersection between helix surface and extuded surface

then sweep

attach your attempt here for further instruction.

 

I recommend that your teacher go through ALL of the tutorials/papers in my signature and especially the Knot tutorial.

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Re: Making a rectangular spring

05-02-2012 01:08 PM in reply to: caleb.leftwich93

Hi caleb.leftwich93, 

 

Here's an example file that you can look at to see how it's done.

 

I hope this helps.
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Re: Making a rectangular spring

05-02-2012 01:27 PM in reply to: caleb.leftwich93

Here is another example with subtle differences - the key difference is the swept circle is on a plane perpendicular to the start point of the path to ensure the wire cross section is round.

 

The example isn't perfect using this helxi intersection method - but should be close enough.
If you need closer to perfect - post back and someone will suggest a slightly different intersection for the path.

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Re: Making a rectangular spring

04-30-2014 08:22 AM in reply to: JDMather

I know this is an old thread but I am drawing basically the same thing right now and am having some problems.

 

I used the file you posted but your lines are not straight. All of the lines going vertically (they are slanted I know, but essentially vertical) are bent in the middle instead of being straight. Is there a way to correct this?

 

Thank you.

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Re: Making a rectangular spring

04-30-2014 09:23 AM in reply to: DerekRoes

Something like this?

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Re: Making a rectangular spring

04-30-2014 10:19 AM in reply to: JDMather

Sorry, I am using 2012 so I cant open it.

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Re: Making a rectangular spring

04-30-2014 11:33 AM in reply to: JDMather

If I use a small pitch the transition between bends is straight but if I stretch the pitch out, it distorts the wire.

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Re: Making a rectangular spring

04-30-2014 11:38 AM in reply to: DerekRoes

I attached an example with straight lines - but you did not indicate in your problem description that you are using an older version of Inventor.

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Re: Making a rectangular spring

04-30-2014 11:40 AM in reply to: JDMather

the 2d sketch

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